Night Guards in Campbell, CA
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common dental problem that often occurs while you sleep. Over time, chronic grinding and clenching can cause damage to the teeth, wearing away or cracking the enamel and affecting both the appearance and the health of your teeth. If you suffer from bruxism, a dental guard or night guard is a simple solution that your dentist can provide to protect your teeth from damage. At Moradi Signature Smiles, we can evaluate your dental health to design a customized night guard for better dental health and the relief of many of the additional symptoms associated with bruxism.
Common Symptoms of Bruxism
Because bruxism often happens while you are asleep, it can be difficult to determine whether you suffer from this condition. Over time, however, bruxism can manifest several different symptoms; if you have any concerns or questions about bruxism or think you may be affected, Dr. Moradi can perform a full oral health evaluation to diagnose and treat any dental health issues.
- When you clench or grind your teeth overnight, you may wake with a sore or tired-feeling jaw. Additionally, the muscles of your face may feel sore or tight in the morning.
- Bruxism can affect the teeth in many ways. You may notice that your teeth appear shorter than they once did, or you may experience increased tooth sensitivity or pain. In extreme cases, your teeth may even develop cracks or feel loose if grinding is left unaddressed.
- Other symptoms that may be associated with bruxism include headaches, particularly upon waking in the morning, as well as ringing in the ears. In some cases, the sound of your teeth grinding may wake a partner sleeping in the same room.
Treating Bruxism with a Night Guard
If your dentist diagnoses you with bruxism, he will likely recommend a night guard appliance. This is a simple removable oral device that is custom-fitted to your bite using digital images or dental impressions, ensuring a snug and comfortable fit. Each night, you’ll wear your night guard to sleep, then remove it in the morning. The night guard will provide added protection by insulating the teeth from the force of clenching and grinding to prevent tooth damage and alleviate the symptoms of bruxism. Over the long term, treatment for bruxism may also include utilizing relaxation techniques or correcting a poor bite to reduce the incidence of grinding for added comfort and protection.
The best way to protect your teeth from the damage caused by bruxism is with a night guard from your Campbell dentist; you can reach Moradi Signature Smiles at (408) 539-3003 for more information about bruxism and custom oral appliances.